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               When I first got my tube, I just let the tube hang out and down. That wasn’t good.* Next, I left the Y extension attached and hung it with a slip connector on my dog tag chain. That still works—at times.

 

One of Jim's solutions was to hang

the end of his tube on his dog tag chain.

             After I got my second tube, I got all my supplies thru the VA, and they included the Surgilast® [Tubular Elastic Dressing Retainer]. It works much better and can be stretched over the tubing and connectors as desired. It comes in sizes small enough to fit your pinky finger to large enough to fit the trunk of a very large person; sizes 1–22. I got size 11.

Surgilast prevents Jim's tube from

dangling and getting caught on things.

               

Suriglast helps hide the tube

under Jim's shirt.


I hope the pictures tell the story.

 

—Jim V.

 

*Editor’s note: Excessive movement or tension at the exit site can cause enlargement of the tube tract, irritation, or ulceration; accidental or excessive pulling of the tube; and other problems. See our “Tube Feeding Troubleshooting Guide,” available at www.oley.org/HEN_LandingPage (under “Tools”), by calling (518) 262-5079, or through the Oley store (no charge).

 

LifelineLetter, January/February, 2018

    

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2/9/2019
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Updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. 

 

This website was updated in 2015 with a generous grant from Shire, Inc. This website is an educational resource. It is not intended to provide medical advice or recommend a course of treatment. You should discuss all issues, ideas, suggestions, etc. with your clinician prior to use. Clinicians in a relevant field have reviewed the medical information; however, the Oley Foundation does not guarantee the accuracy of the information presented, and is not liable if information is incorrect or incomplete. If you have questions please contact Oley staff.
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